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McDonough County Health Department

Rich Egger

The McDonough County Health Department temporarily closed a popular Mexican restaurant in Macomb. Guadalajara Bar and Grill on East Jackson Street passed a routine health inspection with conditions on Monday, August 28. The health department noted in its report four violations that could present a food borne illness risk and three repeat violations.

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The McDonough County Health Department said West Nile virus season has arrived.  The agency said there is no need for alarm but it wants people to be aware of the presence of mosquitoes carrying the virus.

The McDonough County Health Department closed Guadalajara’s Bar and Grill for 48-hours and imposed a $3,000 fine after the restaurant failed a surprise inspection Monday afternoon.

Guadalajara’s scored a 63 out of 100 on the inspection. It was the restaurant's lowest score to date, and fell far short of the 75 it received last time it was shut down by the health department in December 2014.

McDonough County Health Department Opens First Milk Depot

May 18, 2016
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The McDonough County Health Department has just opened its first milk depot in Macomb -- and it's the first downstate depot to collaborate with The Mothers’ Milk Bank of The Western Great Lakes located in the Chicago suburbs (Elk Grove Village).

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Health departments across Illinois are adopting a new method for evaluating food establishments.

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A malfunction at the Macomb wastewater treatment plant led to a spill that might affect some homes with private water wells.

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The Miller-Hunt Virology Lab at Western Illinois University confirmed that pools of mosquitoes in Macomb and Colchester have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

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A recently completed health needs assessment identified four areas for improvement.

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McDonough County restaurant inspection scores are once again available online -- though they're not on the McDonough County Health Department's website.

The McDonough County Health Department told reporters they would need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain information about why the agency temporarily closed a restaurant in Macomb.

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Guadalajara Bar and Grill on East Jackson St. in Macomb was closed for 72-hours over the weekend after failing a surprise, routine health inspection Thursday.

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Flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months and especially encouraged for children, the elderly, and pregnant women.

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It’s been about 18 months since the EagleView dental clinic in Macomb closed. Since then, Medicaid recipients have been without a dental provider in McDonough County.

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McDonough County reduced its funding to the Health Department in 2010.

McDonough County Still Testing For West Nile

Oct 12, 2014
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Even though the weather is getting cooler, the McDonough County Health Department is still on the lookout for West Nile Virus.

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Small business owners and nonprofits in west central Illinois are invited to attend a free brown bag lunch event from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Thursday, September 11, at the McDonough County Health Department.

McDonough County Identified As Tick-Populated

Jul 2, 2014
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People are not the only ones who take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. Ticks flock the many hiking trails, camping grounds, and fishing spots throughout the area.

West Nile Season Approaches

May 19, 2014
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As summer approaches, local health departments are on the lookout for West Nile. They are targeting mosquitoes the main carrier of the deadly virus.

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The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance is over. But, many might still be able to register for coverage.

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Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease. Measles was considered eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. In the last month, 2 cases have been reported in McDonough County.

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Those who attended a junior high school volleyball game in Bushnell on Tuesday, February 25, might have been exposed to the measles.

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A young child who was visiting Macomb came down with a case of the measles, raising concerns about who might have been exposed to the virus.

Specially-trained navigators for the Affordable Care Act are preaching patience as the federal government corrects problems with the healthcare website.